According to the Allensbach survey published in the FAZ on Wednesday, the majority of the population has very plausible ideas about how politics should deal with the challenges of our time.

A majority are concerned about climate change, but they reject climate policy at all costs.

Instead, she wants a policy that combines climate protection with securing economic prosperity and that accepts that innovations play a very important role in combating climate change.

But the climate is not the only dominant issue for voters.

Among other things, it also includes economic competence, dealing with national debt and the future of the welfare state.

Desire for clear announcements

For parties that are committed to a social market economy in a contemporary guise, the prospects should be good, given the preferences of a majority of voters. But is that what they are? The FDP does well in the polls, but not outstanding. Regardless of all public rejection of a traffic light coalition, many voters are asking whether the liberals can maintain their negative attitude if the Greens and SPD give the cold shoulder after the election of the Union and a traffic light is enough for a majority in purely mathematical terms. A market economy policy would hardly be possible in such an alliance.

But would a market economy policy be more obvious in a coalition with the Union? The fact that the Union is not able to establish itself well above the 30 percent mark in surveys is not only due to television images of its candidate for chancellor of the flood. In normal times, non-binding content may be a promising recipe for a people's party in order to alienate as few voters as possible. But the times are not normal; instead, many voters want clear statements from politicians in challenging times. A non-binding election program and few specific statements by your foreman do not create trust, but rather raise doubts about business competence.